Association of Children's Welfare Agencies

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families.

We work with our members, partners, government and non-government agencies and other peak bodies to bring about positive systemic reform that will deliver better outcomes to the lives of children and young people, including those living in out-of-home care.

Centre for Community Welfare Training

The Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) is a Registered Training Organisation which provides cost effective and accessible training opportunities for people working across the community welfare sector in NSW, in particular those working with vulnerable children, young people and families.

CCWT provides both short courses and in-house training as well as specialised programs, coaching and supervision.

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Latest News

Why a Business Model for Community Sector Services?

CCWT presenter Grace Leotta writes about business models and why they matter: Times have changed. Services are working in an increasingly competitive environment. People who use services expect to have a greater choice in the support they receive and how and by whom that support is provided. In some sectors like disability and aged care, […]

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ACWA in the News

ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum weighs in on a controversial paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia suggesting that disadvantaged families should have less children to help curb the rising numbers of children being removed into out-of-home care.

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NSW Family Matters Releases Campaign Priorities

The NSW Family Matters Collective has released its campaign priorities for empowering Aboriginal communities across our state to design and deliver the services they need to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities. ACWA is asking our members and other relevant agencies to join the campaign.

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Common Sense Prevails Amid a Flurry of Contracting Talks

The announcement by FACS this week that it is suspending its Intensive Therapeutic Care tendering process until further notice is a win for collaboration and common sense, writes ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum: In what can only be described as an ‘interesting time’, the sector has been ‘knee-deep’ in the tendering/recommissioning of out-of-home care services and […]

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Special Screening: For The Kids Documentary

A short documentary film, For the Kids, made by Fostering NSW and AbSec about some wonderful Aboriginal foster carers in Kempsey and their involvement in the Kids in Care Cup will be showing at the Dendy Newtown on May 26 as part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Touring Program.

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